Memoria: Published on PROOF, National Geographic’s online photography journal

New work by Gabriela Bulisova & Mark Isaac featured in National Geographic’s “Proof”… Colony_Diptychs_Proof_Marina1

“Memoria” focuses on the role of memory in the lives of young women incarcerated in the only penal colony for juvenile women in Ukraine. Having worked extensively on incarceration issues, we know how important memories of other times and places are for those behind bars. We also know how important specific objects are in holding onto treasured recollections. We responded to this by creating diptychs that include a portrait of each woman and an image of an object that is particularly important to her memory. The women were also interviewed about the object they selected, and their explanations are included as text. For most of the women, memory is an essential part of their identity, and it serves not only to recall the past, but also to invent their future. (In some cases, the participating women are minors and their faces cannot be shown.)

“We wanted viewers to understand how important memories of other times and places are to the women living in the penal colony, and we wanted to convey the intense meaning they attach to specific objects to keep their memories alive,” says Bulisova. “Importantly, as their explanations reveal, memory serves not only to recall the past, but also as a tool to invent the future.”

“Memoria” is a long-term effort that will continue to unfold in Eastern Europe, the United States, and other locations. A link to the article about the project is below:

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/26/inside-the-walls-of-a-womens-prison-in-ukraine-a-garden-wallpaper-and-memories/

 

This entry was posted by Mica Photo.

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